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Multiplex completes 308 Exhibition Street in Melbourne

Multiplex completes 308 Exhibition Street in Melbourne

Multiplex has achieved practical completion at 308 Exhibition Street – the $600 million twin towers developed by Malaysian developer S P Setia and designed by Fender Katsalidis in collaboration with Cox Architects.

The development encompasses two separate high-rise towers comprising apartments and will be the future home of Melbourne’s Shangri-La hotel.

Multiplex Regional Managing Director Ross Snowball said the practical completion milestone is a testament to the collaboration and determination of Multiplex’s team and subcontractors.

“Constructing two towers simultaneously takes exceptional planning and management, especially when facing construction and engineering complexities like the iconic sky bridge, 46 storeys in the air,” said Snowball.

“This iconic development breathes new life into the CBD, and it’s set to become Melbourne’s next landmark.”

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The 60-level residential tower named ‘Sapphire by the Gardens’ features a distinctive façade and houses 325 apartments, including two penthouse apartments and numerous custom-designed apartments.

The 61-level hotel is joined to the 59-level residential tower via a sky bridge on level 46. Internally the sky bridge hosts amenities and a Sky Lounge and features a transparent ‘oculus’ glass floor with views into the UNESCO world heritage listed Royal Exhibition Building surrounding the Carlton Gardens and Port Phillip Bay.

Beneath the two towers stands a mixed-use podium with spaces for resident recreational facilities, future hotel function and above ground carparking.

Across two floors, Sapphire by the Gardens features facilities such as a heated swimming pool, gymnasium, Sky Lounge, cinema, karaoke room, chef’s kitchen and lounge with fireplace.

During construction Multiplex coordinated a unique purchaser upgrade which involved the installation of a $3 million supercar into the living room of the Super-Penthouse.

Construction of the sky bridge required innovative methodologies, with Multiplex creating a temporary protection deck beneath it to enable safe working access. This deck cantilevered out from the building and sat between two large trusses. The successful delivery of the sky bridge saw the project win the ASI 2022 National Award for Engineering Projects.

Datuk Choong Kai Wai, President and CEO of S P Setia said: “The completion of Sapphire by the Gardens and the Shangri-La marks our fifth significant development within Melbourne.”

“We are thrilled to see this iconic development come to life and stimulate thousands of local jobs during and after construction.”

Construction of 308 Exhibition Street spanned four and a half years, generating over 1,000 jobs, with more than 500 workers on site during peak periods.

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